Jonathan Cooper, G

Scouting Report

Cooper is not only one of the strongest guards in this year's draft crop, but he's also one of the quickest. Not surprisingly, he'll likely be one of the first interior linemen selected. Cooper racked up the accolades as a senior last season, when he was a consensus All-American, first-team all-ACC selection and earned the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, awarded to the conference's top offensive linemen. Cooper excels in both pass and run plays, and was rarely beaten in one-on-one situations. In pass protection, he uses his quick hands to take control of the defensive lineman and his outstanding footwork helps him keep his balance. In running plays, he gets off the ball quickly to angle off would-be tacklers and can easily get through traffic to get to linebacker depth. He moves well in all directions and was often used by the Tar Heels as a personal protector on rollouts or as a pulling guard in trap plays. Even though he is strong - he finished with the second-most reps (35) among offensive linemen in the bench press at the combine - Cooper does an excellent job of staying low and using his legs to spring into defensive linemen. Cooper ended his career at Chapel Hill with 47 starts, and his next one should come in the NFL after possibly being a first-round pick.

 

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